Background: Black and White Eastern US
Porter's black-and-white photographs of the eastern United States encompass the years 1932 to about 1950. Images of New England provide the main foundation of this work. Porter visited his family's properties in New Hampshire and on Great Spruce Head Island regularly during these years. The photographs reflect an artist still refining his vision. Plant and rock close-ups come mixed with broader views of orchards, beaches, streets, buildings, and even portraits. This section of the collection also holds small groups of photographs that the artist created in Austria in 1935 and around Washington, D.C., and New York City. The group totals approximately 500 prints.

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